UK BASED PRODUCER TOM B RELEASES MELLOW NEW SINGLE 'SHE'S LIKE A DREAM' FEATURING LUCY WROE WITH CHARMING AND SMOOTH VOCALS
“She’s Like A Dream” began life as a phone recording of some piano chords, while Lucy told a story. This voice note then transformed into its current form, a noisy, trippy, sexy groove that relentless throbs until it abruptly cuts itself short.
Through the myriad of edits and sampling Wroe’s voice is peppered throughout, even before she begins to sing of infatuation, obsession, and adoration.
Lucy says “when I wrote it I was kind of imagining watching somebody, being in a room with that person you’re obsessing over, and watching them glow. Like when you’re in the middle of your first teenage romance, and you feel like an idiot because you can’t get your words out. Kind of how I imagine being a guy in school, walking up to these super confident girls, and being beaten down repeatedly because they have no idea how much you idolised them”.
Tom says “I’m incredibly, uncomfortably familiar with everything Lucy is describing, so this idea directly fed the continued production of the track, the way it moves and pulses, there's much more of a physicality to anything I’ve produced previously. I was listening to quite a bit of Beach House and Toro Y Moi while I was making it, I wanted to capture a dreamy quality that those artists seem to effortlessly create”
Featuring drums, piano (played by Philipp Koerver of German indie band Rooftalk), and double bass recorded on a phone, and guitars, keyboards and a variety of percussion instruments and mouth noises recorded at Tom’s home studio, “She’s Like A Dream” creates a layered, rolling sonic landscape to get lost in.
Born in West Somerset and currently based in London, Tom has been producing and engineering for other bands and artists since 2018, but now has turned his attention inward, creating the music he wants to hear.
“She’s Like A Dream” follows Tom’s debut 2022 EP “Little Songs” which was a tapestry-esque production calling card, reminiscent of lofi US acts such as The Microphones, Alex G, and The Books.
Tom continues “The ethos of the whole ‘Tom b’ project stems from me floating around during the lockdowns not knowing what to do with my life. Just do something. Anything. Record something on your phone, who cares if it sounds a bit roomy or dull, make something weird out of it, people might hate it, but at least you’ll have DONE something. It’s a weird counterpoint to Lucy’s imagined scenario for this song, someone just quietly in awe of something. It’s something of a rumination on inactivity I suppose.”
t.e.d is set to make her mark in 2023 with her new emotive single “Let Me Be.” The track showcases t.e.d’s stunning voice alongside glistening instrumentation. Paired with a vibrant melting pot of heartfelt piano lines, understated guitar lines and divine backing vocals, her vocals cut through the mix, infectious but emotive, working hand in glove with her well-penned and raw lyricism.
Speaking about the track, she says: “‘Let Me Be’ follows the process of realising someone isn’t good for you, and the eventual demise in a relationship begging to end. It represents a moment when I realised someone had created a toxic space for me, and the process of having to fight my way out before we could both let go. ‘Let Me Be’ is inspired by the human ability to change, and the battle we wage within ourselves to change things for the better.”
South African born Tanya Sholto-Douglas, known musically as t.e.d, has been a singer her whole life, but only fully began her journey into music at the age of 18. Now aged 24, she’s studying Popular Music at the University of Gloucestershire in the UK, with her music gathering tens of thousands of streams.
Originally, she made her debut with EP “halfpace”, a three-track E.P that showcased her unique and irresistible sound. She quickly gained online traction off the back of this, gaining a reputation for her powerful musical partnership that consists of indie-pop instrumentals and silky smooth vocals.
Sonically, it’s clear that t.e.d isn’t held back or defined by any genre barriers. Influences such as Daniel Caesar, beabadoobe and Rainbow Kitten surprise can all be found within her music, but these are executed through her own unique musical lenses. t.e.d is sure to make 2023 her year, and she’s an artist to keep on your radar.